Scene of battle with Negroes
Most of the figures of Negroes are painted a dark brownish red (red mixed
with black). This is light enough to be outlined with black. Where the
figures are painted black the red sketch lines show beyond the black in
many places. The painter was at a loss to show the drawing of the features
especially when full-face, so very summary touches of red or reddish yellow
indicate eyes, lips etc. Sometimes these are so faint and overlaid with
black as to be scarcely visible except in some lights. No outlines except
white could of course show up against the black. Again the yellows are laid
on very thickly and have granulated appearance. On the skirts the yellow is
raised quite thickly above the green leaf-like pattern (note on necklaces
on p.2). Is it possible that gold dust was mixed with the paint to give
richness - on the ivory casket bracelets and other parts are overlaid with
gold leaf and it may be gold was also used on the wooden box. No such
treatment or texture of yellow paint is known to me in the tombs.
Hunting wild asses, ostriches, etc.
Actual size 1/3 6 1/4 x 19 1/2 to edge of chequer border. Burton's photo
from which the painting is drawn 1/3 6" x 19" - There is a slight
distortion top and bottom and on both sides since the cover is vaulted and
this rather affects the legs of the animals at the base. The top has been
corrected as there was space.
The lid has both ends above the king as a sphinx decorated similarly. The
knob corresponding to the one below is also missing here.